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    Extremely worried - very sudden total lameness

    I'll have a word with the vet. If he doesn't have Cushings, what are the implications of taking Prascend?
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    Extremely worried - very sudden total lameness

    Update - vet has rung and apparently it's definitely not Cushings. Test has come back as a clear negative. So I've just been advised to continue managing him as we are doing... He has been a little bit better today and has wanted to walk around (just a few steps) outside his stable. However, he...
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    Extremely worried - very sudden total lameness

    Thanks everyone - he has had bloods taken today so I just have to wait a little while now. The vet who came today didn't think that he looked like a typical Cushings case at all but then you never know. He does willingly walk out of his stable when I muck out and this is obviously an improvement...
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    Extremely worried - very sudden total lameness

    Bloods will be taken tomorrow! Vet thinks that Cushings is extremely likely but says that at least we can treat it and we're in with a chance of him getting back to sound and happy. He is comfortable in his stable right now and seems quite happy, much better than yesterday! Once again, massive...
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    Extremely worried - very sudden total lameness

    While I am obviously upset (and cross with myself!) because my beloved Finn has lami, I am sitting here with a massive sense of relief because at least I now know what it is and - more importantly - he is comfortable and much happier. Thank goodness for the H&H forum! I'm sure Finn would thank...
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    Extremely worried - very sudden total lameness

    I cannot thank you people enough - you are amazing. Vet has been - bad news is that it is indeed acute laminitis. Slightly better news (possibly) is that we might have caught it before any major damage has been done. Bloods will be done on Tuesday for Cushings. But the best thing is that Finn...
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    Extremely worried - very sudden total lameness

    Vet is on the way. No digital pulses in any hoof but his absolute reluctance to put one foot in front of the other is very worrying. Will post later. Many thanks for the advice, he's never had lami in all his 20 years but it's obviously best to get it checked...I can't bear to think of him being...
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    Extremely worried - very sudden total lameness

    I thought about lami but there is no heat at all in any of his hooves. It's just like extreme stiffness. Will call the vet.
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    Extremely worried - very sudden total lameness

    I did wonder if he had an abscess when he had the initial problem with his front right...there's no heat or obvious signs, but I know that they can have an abscess without this. However, it honestly looks like it's all four limbs today. I suspect that the vet will use callipers to check for an...
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    Extremely worried - very sudden total lameness

    Apologies but I'm so very worried - our Connie will be 21 this June and up until a few weeks ago he was doing just fine. We've had him since he was 8, he's not been worked into the ground, mostly used for hacking. Never had any issues. One day he seemed to be struggling a little with his front...
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    How much commission does Rural Scene charge?

    Thanks PM. We're currently with a 'flat fee' agency but to be fair we've not been with them for very long. We chose them because our neighbours used them and got a really quick sale. However, the neighbours' house didn't have stables. Various work-related things that have just come up mean that...
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    How much commission does Rural Scene charge?

    Thanks BP, that's really useful!
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    How much commission does Rural Scene charge?

    Thanks - property in question is up for sale with an agent who has priced it fairly in terms of local properties, but some people have said that it's much better to go with Rural Scene to get better access to the specialist market as there's stables and grazing. Problem is that having two agents...
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    How much commission does Rural Scene charge?

    As per the title...have tried looking on their webpage but can't find it! Also, if anyone has any experience of selling with them I'd be interested to hear. Cheers!
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    Anyone here from the Ullapool area?

    After some deliberation, I've now decided to retire this year and move from Lancashire to the Highlands. Currently looking around the Ullapool area/ west of Ullapool. I can't find much about the riding around there...any advice? Many thanks!
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    Vegan tack?

    It's complicated. There's a dairy farmer about 3 miles from here, he's only got a small-ish herd and sells milk, in re-usable glass bottles, to locals. The environmental impact of me buying that milk surely has to be less than buying a carton of plastic-lined card containing some sort of nut...
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    Vegan tack?

    That's exactly what my OH said! Don't a lot of vegans consider it 'cruel' to ride horses as we are apparently exploiting them? I always thought that 'vegan leather' (as it is referred to in the H&H article) is essentially plastic, a bi-product of the petro-chemical industry and therefore not...
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    Vegan tack?

    Just read that USA rider Robert Dover is bringing out a 'vegan tack' range and am interested in everyone's thoughts on this. Is this a bit of opportunist marketing given that all things vegan seem to be trendy at the moment? Or is it the way to go? Synthetic tack has been around for a long time...
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    Had the Bean Lady out today 😮

    A friend of mine has just set up a sheath cleaning business, she covers Cheshire/Lancs region but can travel a bit further if there's a number of horses on a yard that need cleaning (she refers to it as a 'man valet'!). Our three boys were amongst her first clients, all had considerable sized...
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    Poor old pony

    We have a 19 year old and a 20 year old, still really active and the older one is hunting about once a fortnight. However, I just couldn't sell either or them...the future for a horse at that age is so uncertain and we've had them so long I think that I owe them a decent retirement and I...
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    hunting inexperienced horses

    I was once told that 'after seven meets, you know what you're dealing with.' So pretty much in line with what others here are saying.
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    Mr B was PTS this evening

    Thinking of you and hope that, in time, you can find comfort in your wonderful memories.
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    Back Support

    OH uses the Prolite back support. He started using it after he prolapsed a disc and he really rates it.
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    Is the situation with sabs getting worse?

    One of the sabs pages had a photo of some riders on a road with a comment about how it would be a great idea to sound your horn so it frightens the horses and then see how many of the riders end up hitting the deck. I'm just speechless.
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    Is the situation with sabs getting worse?

    A Drag hunt that I've been out with a few times had to change its venue this weekend due to the proprietors of said venue being 'threatened with violence' by sabs. I can understand that they would feel intimidated but it's a pity that the bullies effectively won. And some comments on the...
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    What shall I do?

    This. A full loan doesn't usually involving sharing with the owner on a weekly basis. I can see why you would want to keep your involvement but I'd probably be looking at a very carefully worded agreement, which spells out exactly what the arrangement is, who pays for what, etc.
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    Freejump leathers

    I've got them. I like them as they do feel closer to the saddle and this helps a little bit with my leg stability. I had to buy leathers anyway so it wasn't much of an additional expenditure - but I'm not sure I'd splash out if I already had leathers as they are not cheap! They don't ruin the...
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    Ariat Complaints?

    What's happened to Ariats? I am still wearing my Grasmeres, bought just after they were first released and I think that's about 12 years ago! But the last Ariats I had (Windermeres) were not of the same quality and didn't last beyond the year.
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    If you write your HHO Username and password...

    Yesterday I had to do an online course and test on GDPR. It was basically several hours of jargon and it took me seven attempts to pass the test. So although I did not want to find this funny, I have to admit to grinning briefly.
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    Anyone given up riding for a while because of being too heavy?

    I'm definitely not going over 1200 calories - I have no bread, pasta, rice, biscuits, cake (or any sweet things), no alcohol, no fizzy drinks. I don't even eat high carb fruits so I avoid bananas, oranges, etc. Most days I'm coming in at around 800 - 1000 calories. I could cut further but my...
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